The Centre will explore options to set up a "large fund" for projects related to interlinking of rivers, Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday.
The Minister said that 27 PMKSY (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana) projects will be completed by the end of this year and 285 new irrigation projects will be taken up by next year to provide irrigation for 1.88 crore hectare of land.
The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind being presented a memento by the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri Nitin Gadkari at the inauguration of the India Water Week- 2017, in New Delhi on October 10, 2017. "Why not create a large fund for implementation of these projects...along the lines of the large fund for bullet trains", he said. They require huge investments, he said. He said 30 Projects for river linking have been approved out of which work on three projects namely Ken- Betwa, Par- Tapi Narmada and Daman Ganga Pinjal will start within three months.
Mr Gadkari said drip-irrigation and irrigation through pipeline will be a priority for the government as this will save water and cut down the cost involved in acquiring land. The Union Water Resources Minister said water, power, transport and communication are the four most important pillars of development.
Ms Bharti, who is now the Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, said the projects related to Mr Gadkari's ministry were also linked to her ministry, like the inter-linking of rivers comprise a large component of drinking water.